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Syrian Refugee Girls Forced into ‘Pleasure Marriages’

Syrian female refugees aged 14 and 15 who fled their country to Jordan and Iraq are being forced into "pleasure marriages" [Nikah al-Mut'ah] -- a pre-Islamic custom allowing men to marry for a limited period, which can last as little as 30 minutes. More disturbing is that Muslim scholars and preachers have given the green light to their followers to exploit the plight of the poor and helpless Syrian girls.

Israel Ranked World’s 2nd Most Educated Country

According to a new study released Tuesday, Israel is the world’s second most educated country, after Canada.

Tagged and Released

A vulture is spreading its wings as it is released back into the wild in the southern Negev Desert near Kibbutz Sde Boker earlier...

Obama is a New Kind of Leftist

Barack Obama is not a Communist, a fascist, a Muslim, a Marxist, a Progressive or even a socialist. Obama and those who control much of America’s academia, mass media, and entertainment industry—plus a number of trade unions and hundreds of foundations, think tanks, and front groups—are believers in a new, very American form of leftism.

Fearing Vandalism, Eilat Hotels Refuse Guests Under Age 21, IDF Soldiers Included

Ronnie Pivko, CEO of the Club Hotel chain, said: "I feel the pain of the soldiers who want and are not allowed to stay with us, but the damage outweighs the pain."

Libya Fast Becoming the New Iraq

Unlike Iraq, Libya is a back-burner issue, even if the oil-rich country is beginning to look a lot like Iraq. In defending U.S. military force there, President Barack Obama said that "To brush aside America's responsibility as a leader and -– more profoundly -– our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are." But with armed militias, car bombs going off, destruction of religious shrines, and Salafi violence, what does the current state of Libya say about who we are?

From Fighter Pilot to Gold Medalist

Six years after being critically wounded during the Second Lebanon War, Noam Gershuny won a gold medal at the Paralympics Games in London playing tennis.

Moody’s 2012 Report and Israel

While recognizing pitfalls of the Israeli economy such as Israel's significant social and political problems as well as a slowdown in growth, Moody's 2012 credit report seems to have more confidence in israel's economy relative to the G-20 advanced countries.

Egypt Kicks Sand in Obama’s Face

Egypt, the Arab world’s most important single country, has been turned from an ally of America—albeit an imperfect one of course—in maintaining and trying to extend Arab-Israeli peace into a leading advocate of expanding the conflict and even potentially going to war.

Egypt Shuts Down Last Jewish Synagogue

For the first time in 2,000 years, there will be no Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services at the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria...

Syria’s Civil War is Spilling into Lebanon

Extremist Sunnis could eventually ruin what began as a peaceful movement for reform and change in Assad's Syria. It would be even more tragic if they did the same thing in Lebanon after the Beirut Spring showed so much promise.

German Jews Warn Against Yarmulkes

After an attack on a rabbi in Berlin, Gideon Joffe, the head of the Berlin Jewish community, said he would "not recommend that any...

Party of Trolls: How Race Dominates U.S. Politics

Poverty is complicated. So are jobs and wars. Race however is simple. There are bad people and there are good people. The oppressed and the oppressors. And that paradigm, that one talking point that they store up and unleash at every occasion is the sum total of their contribution to every debate under the sun.

Cyber Warfare A Serious New Factor In Israel’s Already Complex Battlefield

As the frequency of suicide bombings increased in the 1990s, Israelis began to realize that their conflicts had shifted from the conventional battlefield to their streets, buses and cafes.

Israel’s New Reality: 52% of All Preschoolers Are Religious

On Monday morning, approximately two million children started the new school year 5773 in preschools and schools across the country.

Sheikh Boycotts Interfaith Conference Because of Jews

Al-Qaradawi said he opposes any discourse with Jews in principle.

The President’s Double Standard

President Obama recently rose to the defense of Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, when a handful of congressmen alleged that close relatives of Ms. Abedin had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood (which is on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations) and implied that the State Department had, as a result of the supposed connection, cut some members of that group slack in terms of gaining entry into the U.S.

Who Is Behind the Wave of Fires in Israel?

Firefighters cannot remember a summer like this in many years.

It’s My Opinion: A Perilous Journey

A dilapidated old boat recently came ashore in South Florida. The rickety vessel was a small, old fishing boat. Eighteen passengers were crammed aboard. Its engine was recycled from an old Soviet automobile and had a fuel leak. A tree branch propped up the sail. The hull was cracked.

“This is Only a Test”

The IDF Homefront Command will be testing a new nationwide SMS alert system between Sunday and Thursday this week. Each day the testing will be...

Family Breakdown (Part One)

This week I will share some of my own thoughts on the subject.

Settlers Do More Than Their Share

The IDF just released a report on reserve duty in the IDF on Thursday, the day the IDF is marking ‘Reservist Appreciation Day’. The new...

Who’s Really Isolated? He Who Misunderstands Middle East Realities

Israel’s “friends” abroad simply can’t seem to get out of their minds the idea that the country faces such terrible threats that it must make big concessions and beg for peace with the Palestinians on just about any terms, or try to appease hostile surrounding countries in order to stave off their wrath.

Video of Jewish Gymnast’s Parents’ Anxiety Goes Viral

A clip from NBC showing Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman’s parents’ reaction to her uneven bar routine has garnered close to 100,000 hits on You Tube.

What the Iranian People “Really Think”… and How to Help Them

Over the past year, more and more Iranians have been finding ways to communicate with their friends and relatives abroad in ways which should encourage the world to ratchet up the pressure on the regime.

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